A variety of new classes and programs will kick-off beginning the week following Sunday, January 12. Some of these will be short-term, others longer term. Contact Megan Alden, 865-483-4357; , if you need childcare for younger children.
Beginning Tuesday, January 14 from 6-7:30 pm and Wednesday, January 15 from 1 - 2:30 pm, Jenny Caughman will co-lead “Connecting with God Through Creativity” with Sheila Michel and Susan Ochs. Many of us desire to develop our relationship with God and are uncertain of how to do that. God’s first act in the Bible is creation, and we worship God as Creator. Made in the image and likeness of God, we too are called to create – yet for many of us that feels either threatening or unimportant. This 12-week group will help participants explore the creative process and how it can be a way to express our spirituality, connect with God, and connect with our deeper selves. Artistic talent is not a prerequisite! For more information or to register, please contact Jenny Caughman (firstname.lastname@example.org; 483-4357). This group meets in Room 203.
A 7-week Bible study exploring the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible, will take place twice on Wednesday evenings (to provide options for parents whose children are singing in one of our choirs) in the Fellowship Hall. Led by Mark Flynn, these classes will begin on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:15 - 6:15 pm and will again be offered from 6:15-7:15 pm. This study has daily readings and is designed for all people — those with no biblical background, as well as those with years of devotional study. Those participating will need to pick up a copy of the free study guide from the office in time to finish a week’s readings prior to that first class.
Another option beginning Wednesday, January 15 from 6:15-7:15 pm will be our 4-week “Nonviolence In A Violent World” study. Led by Chris Black, the class will focus on how the teachings of Gandhi, Jesus of Nazareth, and Howard Thurman informed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unique philosophy of nonviolence. We will explore how King's non-violence became both an expression of his faith and the basis for a movement that changed the world. We will look deeply at King's life and obstacles his movement faced, as well as seek to uncover how non-violence shaped his strategy for racial reconciliation, integration, and freedom. The class will also explore how "Kingian nonviolence" can inform our Christian discipleship in the world. This class will meet in Room 207.
Beginning on Thursday, January 16 from 10 am to noon, Mark Flynn will teach the second part of his iStudy Bible Study series. This study will focus on all the books of the Old Testament other than the Torah. This 7-week class has daily readings and is designed for all people — those with no biblical background, as well as those with years of devotional study. Completion of an iStudy Torah class is helpful but not necessary. Pick up a study guide in the office, read the first week’s lessons, and come join us in the Fellowship Hall.
As always, our weekly Adult Chancel Choir rehearsals begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays in the Music Room.
Special Wednesday night activities are already taking place in the youth loft. Our 7th through 12th graders gather at 6:15 pm for Youth Choir in the music room and at 7:15 in the loft, spending time deepening their spiritual lives and having fun together.
Join us as we begin our Wonderful Wednesday program for kids in PreK to 6th grade! Kick Off will be January 15th. Starting at 5:15 pm, this program will include a light meal, choir music practice, as well as a rotation schedule of Library Tales, Creative Arts, Bible Buddies and Project X (service projects). Kids will participate in Choir as well as one of the rotations each week, ending at 7:15. We call it Wonderful Wednesday because that is what it will be for the kids!